Bilateral relations between India and Rwanda have been growing stronger and stronger over the years. In 1999, Rwanda officially opened its Mission in New Delhi and posted a Charge d’ Affaires. Rwanda appointed its first resident Ambassador in New Delhi in 2001.
The relations reached a new high in January 2017 with the first ever official visit of the Head of State of Rwanda to India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the bilateral meeting, the President of Rwanda and the Prime Minister of India agreed to raise the relations between Rwanda and India to strategic level partnership. This is a privileged level of partnership that India reserves for a small select country (only Rwanda and South Africa in Africa).
The bilateral cooperation between India and Rwanda has grown to cover a broad range of areas including development cooperation in infrastructure, agriculture, energy, education, training and capacity building. It has expanded beyond development cooperation to include defense and security.
India has until now been represented to Rwanda by the Indian High Commissioner with Residence in Kampala. India has now opened a resident Mission in Kigali and the first High Commissioner designate Amb. Oscar Kerkettahas been appointed and accorded agreement by Rwanda. This is a very important step in strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
Total trade between Rwanda and India stood at approximately $ 200 Million USD in 2015 and is growing at a rate of over 15% annually(source trademap.org).Today, Rwanda imports goods worthy over USD$ 130 million from India, including mostly pharmaceutical products, Iron and steel and machinery and equipment. There is potential for Rwanda to export coffee, tea, spices, essential oils and pulses to India which needs to be actively explored.
Link to Declaration on Strategic Partnership between India and Rwanda